Two pairs of horses pull a sleigh in front of the walkway leading up to the Hayes home.

Cabin Fever? Here's where to visit this winter!

Contemplating a road trip? These Ohio History Connection sites are open and welcome visitors this winter. Most are managed for us by local partner organizations, so hours vary. Some may be open more limited hours than in other seasons or may be open weekends-only—before traveling, call the numbers below to confirm that those you’d like to visit will be open when you plan to be there.

For more ideas on what to do during winter, check out the Seven Historic Sites You Should Visit This Winter according to our membership manager, Truda!

Indoor Sites

Prefer warm and indoor? These are mainly-indoor attractions.

Armstrong Air & Space Museum, Wapakoneta


Campus Martius Museum, Marietta


Explore the museum’s permanent exhibits to learn about Campus Martius, a civilian stockade built in 1788 as the first organized American settlement in the Northwest Territory. See the Ohio Company Land Officereportedly the oldest building in Ohio, and the Rufus Putnam House, once part of the Campus Martius stockade.


Fort Meigs Museum, Perrysburg


The museum and visitor center featuring exhibits about Fort Meigs and the War of 1812 is open year-round. The adjacent reconstructed War of 1812 fort is closed for the winter and reopens in April.

Harding Home and Harding Presidential Library & Museum, Marion


The recently restored Harding Home and new Harding Presidential Library & Museum are open. Also visit the nearby Harding Memorial Presidential Gravesite at Vernon Heights Blvd. and Delaware Ave. See “Outdoor Sites” below.

Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, Fremont


The 31-room Rutherford B. Hayes Home and adjacent Hayes Museum are open. Also visit the graves of President Hayes and his wife, Lucy Webb Hayes, both on the grounds of Spiegel Grove.


National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center, Wilberforce


On exhibit: African Art—Form, Function and Fraught Histories, African Americans Fighting for a Double Victory, about African American service in World War II and the impact that African American World War II veterans had on the advances in civil rights that followed the war, plus Queens of the Heartland and Rhythm of Revolution.


Ohio History Center, Columbus


See permanent exhibits on Ohio history, natural history, archaeology and historic preservation plus 1950s—Building the American Dream, featuring our fully-furnished hands-on Lustron prefab steel house of the era; and a World War I Display featuring equipment, weapons and memorabilia commemorating the recent centennial of "the Great War."

Paul Laurence Dunbar House, Dayton


Shaker Historical Museum, Shaker Heights


Youngstown Historical Center
of Industry & Labor
, Youngstown


Indoor/Outdoor Sites

Enjoy being outdoors, even in winter? In winter, these are mainly-outdoor attractions. Museums or visitor centers at these attractions observe fewer winter hours and may be closed even when the site is open.

Fort Ancient Earthworks & Nature Preserve, near Oregonia and Lebanon


Museum and grounds are closed through Feb. 29, reopening March 1.

Fort Hill Earthworks & Nature Preserve, near Hillsboro


The park is open daily during all daylight hours. The hiking trails are closed for certain dates during the deer-hunting season in November through January each year. Please contact the site manager for additional information. The Gorge Trail and Canby’s Trail are closed for renovation due to unsafe hiking conditions. Note the reroute of the Buckeye Trail at the Fort Hill kiosk map.

Serpent Mound, near Peebles


Although the museum is closed for the winter, the grounds are open daily from 9 a.m. to dusk. Winter travelers: Park roads and grounds are not plowed in the winter, and are not accessible in bad weather. However, winter visitors are always welcome to park in front of the gate at the base of the hill and hike to the earthworks (3/8 mile).

Zoar Village, Zoar


Although Zoar's museum buildings are closed for the winter, you can visit and explore this historic Tuscarawas County village, home to an unusual communal society from 1819 to 1898, at any time. Much of the village is a National Historic Landmark. Local businesses may be open. Learn more at 

Outdoor Sites

Real outdoor enthusiast? These wholly-outdoor sites are open daylight hours.

Big Bottom Memorial Park, Stockport


Buckeye Furnace, near Jackson


This rural park is the site of a 19th-century ironmaking furnace in Ohio's picturesque Hill Country. The museum buildings, closed for the season, reopen Memorial Day weekend. 

Buffington Island Battlefield Memorial Park, Portland


Custer Monument, New Rumley


Davis Memorial Nature Preserve, near Peebles


Fallen Timbers Battlefield Memorial Park, near Maumee


Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries & Nature Preserve, near Brownsville


Site is open daylight hours. Museum is closed for the season. 

Fort Amanda Memorial Park, near Wapakoneta


Fort Jefferson Memorial Park, Fort Jefferson


Fort Laurens, Bolivar


Site is open daylight hours. Museum is closed for the season. On the grounds, see the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot of the American Revolution and the place where Fort Laurens, Ohio's only Revolutionary War fort, stood. The Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail passes through this site and is accessible from it.

Harding Memorial Presidential Gravesite, Marion


The imposing neoclassical Harding Memorial Presidential Gravesite at Vernon Heights Blvd. and Delaware Ave. is open year-round. The nearby Harding Home and Harding Presidential Library & Museum are open. See “Indoor Sites” above.

Leo Petroglyphs & Nature Preserve, near Leo


Lockington Locks, Lockington


Logan Elm, near Circleville


Miamisburg Mound, Miamisburg


Newark Earthworks, Newark


Shrum Mound, Columbus


Story Mound, Chillicothe


William Henry Harrison Tomb, North Bend


Many Ohio History Connection sites not on this list close for the winter, though offer group tours by appointment during winter months. See the full list of Ohio History Connection sites, including sites that are closed for the winter, here.